Running events in Sunderland

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Running is the world’s most accessible sport. Park runs, colour runs, 5k, 10k, half marathons, marathons and ultras — all you need is a pair of trainers and off you go. Running events are hugely popular on Let’s Do This and it’s a sociable sport, so get some friends involved and achieve something extraordinary.

If you’re starting small, the 5k and 10k events are great fun and definitely worth doing even if you’re training for a bigger challenge further down the line. Getting used to the atmosphere of an event is important. You’re so much more likely to hit a better time if there’s a crowd cheering you on, people in fancy dress and a big celebration at the finish line.

Find local Running races

Today, with international organisations, local clubs and national events to choose from, there are thousands of races to discover, and we want to help you find them quickly and easily. Below you’ll find selections by running type, running location and some exceptional events to take part in.

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10k Races in Sunderland

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The Asda Foundation Leeds 10k - our first and some would still say our best - run. Come and experience the unrivalled atmosphere and the electric finish of this fantastic race. Thousands of runners from across the country head to Leeds each year to be a part of Yorkshire's biggest running event, and 2018 will be no different. This course is flat and fast on closed roads in the heart of the city - come and experience the buzz for yourself. This race is a great choice for beginners as well as those looking for that coveted PB!

Asda Foundation Leeds 10k

Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB
1 race
£26£28
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Our Asda Foundation Burnley 10K is one of the region's best-loved events, attracting around 2,000 runners each summer.Small in size, but not in spirit, what feels like the whole town turns out to support runners in this fantastic 10K challenge. Now in its sixth year, the race begins and finishes in Towneley Park, outside the majestic Towneley Hall, the jewel in Burnleys crown.

Asda Foundation Burnley 10K

Burnley, Lancashire, GB
1 race
£20.50£22.50
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The Castle Howard Half Marathon will see competitors undertake 2 laps of a spectator friendly almost entirely off-road 10.5K circuit.

Starting on the North Lawn, a few yards from the main entrance to the castle, competitors initially head downhill towards the Boathouse and Lake before circumnavigating the enchanting woodland garden of Ray Wood. The next 5K is on a network of estate tracks and bridle paths that wind their way in a clockwise direction, always in sight of the impressive Mausoleum, passing through the ancient Bog Hall, Spring Wood, Alamo Trekking Centre and High Gaterley Farm.

At the 7K point and just after the well stocked Feed Station, competitors enter the aptly named Pretty Wood passing the Temple of the Four Faces and a couple of curious pyramids. The last 1.5K of the route builds through the formal gardens of the estate starting with New River Bridge and moving onto the South Lake, The Atlas Fountain and the South Lawn.

A final, cruel, climb to the top of Ray Wood is a precursor to a view of the Finish Line from the reservoir at the top of the hill. Lap 1 complete, runners then rejoin the same circuit for their second before entering the 500m long spectator lined finishing straight, crossing the finish line with the world famous castle backdrop, to receive their medal and classy finishing line banquet!

Castle Howard Half Marathon & 10k Run

York, GB
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Marathon events in Sunderland

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Come experience our new revamped Ambit weekend for 2018!

Our Midnight Marathon is a new addition for 2018. Entrants loved running through the forest in the dark at the Ambit in 2017, this event is perfect for those wanting to experience that for themselves without having to take on the 24-hour challenge.

Our Ambit 12 & 24 is a 12 & 24-hour challenge that can be tackled solo or in pairs. Its perfect for those wanting to experience the cool weekend but not wanting to do the full 24-hours.

Ambit weekend

Brandon, GB
2 races
£45£400
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The race takes in the idyllic beauty spots of the reservoir, along with the elevated fells high above. The whole course gives you panoramic views of the surrounding Dark Peak district. This area is described by fellow runners as,the most scenic trail running route in the Peak District'. So whether you're new to running, an experienced athlete or simply looking for a new challenge, then this race will be right down your street.

The Ladybower Trail Marathon is set in the idyllic beauty spot of the Peak District national park, the course is surrounded by the elevated fells set within the Derwent Valley. Described by fellow runners as one of the most scenic trail marathons in the Peak District this one is not to be missed.

Ladybower Trail Marathon

Hope Valley, GB
1 race
£32.50£35
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A scenic summer run starting near the Reigate Hill Car Park in a small field adjacent to the North Downs Way. The course will follow the North Downs Way trail on an out / back route all the way to the Boxhill lookout point, the course will be one out and back lap for the half marathon and two out and back laps for the marathon.The trail is undulating and varied throughout with some lovely scenery along the way too. Course conditions and the weather at this time of the year can be warm so this will be a challenging trail run, with a unique horse brass medal to reward all finishers.

North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon

Reigate, GB
1 race
£36£38
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5k Races in Sunderland

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KAPOW!!! Defeating Dementia one step at a time!

Join us for the FIRST EVER Sheffield Defeat Dementia Superhero Sprint on Saturday 9th June 2018.

This brand new Superhero/Supervillain sprint event consists of a 5km fun run, a 10km and a half marathon race and costume contest on the beautiful Sheffield/Tinsley canal towpath. Wear your favourite superhero or supervillain gear and use your superpowers to walk, run or sprint to the finish line. Its going to be a whole comic strip of fun with a whole lot of running thrown in too!

Burn off some energy, use your superpowers and have a WHOLE load of superhero or supervillain fun!. It's a family friendly 5k,10k or half marathon with a medal and a FREE goody bag for all finishers!

Bring your family and friends and join us as we take to the streets for the VERY FIRST Sheffield Superhero Sprint. Run on your own, as a pair or in a team. FREE goody bag and bespoke medal for all runners; friendly marshals & refreshments available too. Get your capes on!

The event will start & finish on the canal towpath behind The Source (within a short walking distance of Meadowhall). Afterwards you can head off to the Meadowhall to grab yourself a bargain, or have lunch. Its time to dust off your running shoes, earn a medal, and sign up for this amazingly comical event on 9th June!

Choose your distance: 5km, 10km, or 13.1 miles

Fast, flat & beautiful course with huge PB potential. Family friendly, wheelchair friendly, pram friendly; no time limits, no pressure - just LOADS of fun. Come and join us!

Sheffield Superhero/Supervillain Sprint 5km, 10km & Half Marathon

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, GB
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The Dog Jog series are unique 5k jogging events for you and your dog to get fit and have fun. Each event offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere with no times and no pressure. They are also a great opportunity to meet like-minded dog owners in your area. Plus whats more, when you cross the finish line youll receive a fantastic Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for both you and your dog, as well as Dog Jog Collar Keyring medal! Dog Jog is all about getting involved, having fun and enjoying the great outdoors with your favourite four-legged friend!

Dog Jog – Leeds

Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB
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The Dog Jog series are unique 5k jogging events for you and your dog to get fit and have fun. Each event offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere with no times and no pressure. They are also a great opportunity to meet like-minded dog owners in your area. Plus whats more, when you cross the finish line youll receive a fantastic Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for both you and your dog, as well as Dog Jog Collar Keyring medal! Dog Jog is all about getting involved, having fun and enjoying the great outdoors with your favourite four-legged friend!

Dog Jog – Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Edinburgh, GB
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Ultramarathon events in Sunderland

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The 'Marathon of the Coast' is run from St Dogmaels on the North Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion border and takes in the entire 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (The UKs only coastal National Park) and finishes at Amroth on the South Pembrokeshire / Carmarthenshire border.

The path is made up mainly of rugged uneven ground which covers a diverse route that will see you run high along open and exposed sea cliffs as well as underneath them at sea level as you pass through the numerous fishing hamlets, villages and towns as well as taking you through some of the most iconic and historic locations in Wales.

The course is visually stunning and due to the nature of the terrain and the elevation loss and gain being over 30,000ft it is also one of the most difficult you will run anywhere in the world. This really is a bucket list run!

Marathon des Cote (180mile, 3 Day Ultra)

Saint Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, GB
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Come experience our new revamped Ambit weekend for 2018!

Our Midnight Marathon is a new addition for 2018. Entrants loved running through the forest in the dark at the Ambit in 2017, this event is perfect for those wanting to experience that for themselves without having to take on the 24-hour challenge.

Our Ambit 12 & 24 is a 12 & 24-hour challenge that can be tackled solo or in pairs. Its perfect for those wanting to experience the cool weekend but not wanting to do the full 24-hours.

Ambit weekend

Brandon, GB
2 races
£45£400
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After a successful 1st year, the Cotswold Way Challenge returns in 2018. Over 2,000 adventurers take on the historic path from Bath to Cheltenham - with most walking - others jogging, and some on the run of their life! It's a start by the magnificent Royal Crescent, and then the famous rolling hills with fantastic views towards the Severn Estuary, and idyllic villages nestling in between on an epic 100km journey - with full support and great hospitality all the way to the finish line.

The magical Cotswold Way crosses areas of outstanding natural beauty, with fantastic panoramic views and picturesque villages. It'a great setting for a new Ultra Challenge that heads out from the heart of historic Bath and 100k later, with a few hills en route, it's a finish line celebration in Cheltenham. 50k option available.

It's Your Challenge - Your Way and will be fun, rewarding, and absolutely achievable with some training, your resolve, and spirit. Join us for an unforgettable weekend in the magnificent countryside - and push yourself further in 2018!

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Cotswold Way Challenge

Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, GB
4 races
£45£185

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